Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks

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The Boston Celtics are 21-22 and tied for third place in the Atlantic Division with the New York Knicks. Boston is nine games behind the first-place Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies 132-126 on Monday in overtime. Boston has lost four of its last five with only a victory over Orlando during that span. In the loss to Memphis on Monday, the Celtics played without both Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, who are two of the Celtics’ top three scorers.

Milwaukee is riding a seven-game winning streak and has extended its lead atop the Central division to nine games over both the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee defeated Indiana 140-113 on Monday for its seventh straight win even though Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play due to a strained knee. Jrue Holiday scored 28 points and handed out 14 assists to help lead the Bucks to the 27-point victory. Milwaukee has won 12 of its last 13 with only a loss to Denver mixed in.

Injuries and Sickness Hurts Celtics

Boston played Monday night’s game against Memphis without both Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, who represents two of the top three scorers for the Celtics. Tatum and Walker are both listed as day-to-day on the injury report, while Boston also has Tristan Thompson, who is out for an extended period due to covid issues and Romeo Langford, who is also out indefinitely due to covid protocols, sidelined. Just behind Jayson Tatum (24.9 ppg) in scoring is Jaylen Brown who is averaging 24.7 points per game. Brown is shooting 48.6% overall and 38.8% from downtown. The leader in assists is Kemba Walker with an average of 4.6 per game but is day-to-day. Boston as a team is averaging 22.9 assists and 13.1 turnovers per game for an assist to turnover ratio of 1.7.

Boston’s leading rebounder Tristan Thompson is sidelined and the active leader in rebounds is Brown with an average of 5.6 per game. The Celtics are averaging 43.9 rebounds overall with 33.0 on the defensive boards and 10.9 off the offensive glass. Boston is averaging 7.9 steals and 5.1 blocked shots per game with Tatum the leader in steals with an average of 1.3 per game and Robert Williams III the swat commander with an average of 1.8 blocked shots per game. Boston is scoring an average of 112.0 points per game and allowing an average of 111.3 per game.

Antetokounmpo Questionable for Wednesday

Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Boston due to a sprained knee, while Rodions Kurucs is also questionable due to covid protocols. The Bucks were able to put 140 points on the board against Indiana without Giannis on the court. Antetokounmpo is leading Milwaukee in scoring, rebounding and assists. The second-leading scorer is Khris Middleton with an average of 20.4 points per game, which is nearly five points less than Giannis at 29.0 points per game. Middleton is also second in assists with an average of 5.5 per game behind Giannis’ 6.4 per game. As a team Milwaukee averages 26.2 assists per game and 13.3 turnovers per game for a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Milwaukee is averaging 48.6 rebounds overall which is first in the NBA, with 38.3 on the defensive boards and 10.3 off the offensive glass led by Giannis with an average of 11.7 rebounds per game. The second-leading rebounder is Bobby Portis with an average of 6.9 boards per game. Milwaukee averages 8.0 steals and 4.8 blocked shots per game with Jrue Holiday the leader in steals with an average of 1.8 per game and Brook Lopez the swat leader with an average of 1.4 blocked shots per game. Milwaukee is scoring an average of 119.9 points per game and allowing an average of 112.5 points per game.

The Bottom Line
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Full-Game Side Bet

Both Boston and Milwaukee could be without key players as two of Boston’s top three scores could miss, while Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is leading Milwaukee in several statistical categories could also miss. Boston has struggled since the start of the season and the Celtics have failed to cover the spread in four of the last five overall and play extremely poorly on the road as Boston has failed to cover the spread in nine of its last 10 away from TD Garden. Milwaukee is coming off a 27-point rout of Indiana on Monday night. Milwaukee has dominated Boston winning 7 of the last 10 straight up against the Celtics while going 5-5 against the spread over that stretch.

Milwaukee Bucks -6

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Full-Game Total Pick

Milwaukee is scoring an average of 119.9 points per game, which is second in the NBA. Milwaukee’s defense is allowing an average of 112.5 points per game. The total has finished over in five of Milwaukee’s last six games and the total finishes over more often than not when these two meet as the total has finished over in 13 of the last 20 meetings between the two. Boston has seen the total finish over in 11 of the last 15 games played against the team from the Central Division.